About Greensboro, Vermont
Chartered: August 20, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 25,311 Acres = 39.55 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 131* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 34′ W 72°18′
Altitude: 1,463 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 762 [ Population Rank: 186* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 19.3 [ Density Rank: 196* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Greensboro’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.
The first named grantee was Harris Colt of Lyme, Connecticut, who had captained a company under Washington’s command. He and his associates had petitioned for the town in March of 1780, and the following November the Legislature made the grant, directing that the charter be issued under the name of Coltkiln (sometimes rendered incorrectly as Colt Hill, for example in Child’s Gazetteer).
Meanwhile, between the granting and the chartering, one of the other grantees, Timothy Green, was charged with printing counterfeit Vermont bills of credit. Green and his son, Timothy Jr., originally had come to Vermont from New London, Connecticut. In peacetime the father was a printer by trade, a descendant of Samuel Green of Cambridge, Massachusetts, generally considered to have been the second printer in New England. After moving to Vermont, Timothy Sr. was for a time one of the two official state printers. The records of the Governor and Council show the counterfeiting charge was brought to that body on June 13, 1781. Green and the other men who were thought to be involved were arrested the next day, and on the 15th they were acquitted. It seems that one Chaffee and a “printer’s boy” who worked for Green were the real culprits. The next time Green’s name appears in the record is on August 20th, when the new town that had been granted as Coltkiln was suddenly and without any explanation chartered as Greensboro. Of course, the evidence is only circumstantial, but one does wonder if the name change was by way of being an oblique apology to Green for the false accusation against him.
Activities & Points of Interest
Goings-on in and near Greensboro
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk: Valdine Hall PO Box 119 Greensboro, VT 05841
Churches, Ministries, Charitables
Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union 802-472-6531
Lakeview Union School 802-533-7066
This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn’t even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in “You can’t get there from here”).
Notes about utilities:
- One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
- A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
- Unless your area is one served by Vermont’s only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
Electric Hardwick Electric Department 802-472-5201
Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001